October 2016 Organ Festival Week Concerts Press Release
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1933 photo of AUD

The Municipal Memorial Auditorium stands in simple grandeur,
an enduring tribute to those whose sacrifice was sublime,
a majestic
memorial for the use and benefit of many generations.

Worcester Memorial Auditorium (also known simply as Worcester Auditorium or AUD) is a multi-purpose arena located at Lincoln Square in Worcester, Massachusetts. Built in 1933 as a World War I War memorial in the form of a multi-purpose hall, the Auditorium has a 116-foot-wide (35 m), proscenium. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 as part of the Institutional District. AUD featured great orchestra concerts such as the Berlin Symphony and the BBC Symphony Orchestra as late as the mid 1990s.

In 2009 Lincoln Square was listed as one of the “Most Endangered Historic Resources” in the state by Preservation Massachusetts because of the three historical buildings in the square that are all empty or underutilized. The Auditorium was most recently used to house Massachusetts State Trial Court records and a small after-school program, as well as S.W.A.T. training exercises. Starting in 2014 Preservation Worcester has held occasional awareness-raising events at the AUD to encourage community interest. In October 2016, several organ concerts are held to show off the 1933 Kimball pipe organ.

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